Lessons on living

Kevin Clark will graduate this spring with his bachelor's degree in chemistry. Photo by Sam O'Keefe.

Kevin Clark graduated this spring with his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Kevin Clark has learned a lot of lessons during his four years at Missouri S&T. But the most important lessons, he says, didn’t come out of a textbook, classroom or chemistry lab, nor from one of the many student organizations he’s been involved with at S&T.

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Spelunking for a cause

Michael Bradford, senior in geology and geophysics, works with several organizations to improve caves. Photo by Sam O'Keefe.

Michael Bradford, senior in geology and geophysics, works with several organizations to improve caves. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Michael Bradford, senior in geology and geophysics with a minor in geological engineering, does not shy away from dirty work. Currently, he is doing research with the Missouri Bat Census that involves checking caves for bats with White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that causes abnormal behavior in bats and eventually leads to their death.

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Pathways to the perfect fit

Hannah Frye in the neurobiology lab could lead to a treatment for diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Hannah Frye, pictured above warming media in the neurobiology lab, is doing work that could lead to a treatment for diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

At first glance, it is impossible to tell that Hannah Frye, a senior in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry, is helping Robert Aronstam perform groundbreaking research that could lead to treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. But stop her in the Havener Center at lunch and ask her about her work with the chair of biological sciences and she can explain anything from cell signaling to how she measures the calcium levels in a cell’s endoplasmic reticulum and cytoplasm.

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‘How could I not?’

James Zeiger donated bone marrow to a 63-year-old woman through the Be the Match bone marrow registry. Photo by Sam O'Keefe.

James Zeiger donated bone marrow to a 63-year-old woman through the Be the Match bone marrow registry. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

When James Zeiger came across the Be the Match bone marrow registry table at the Havener Center during the summer of 2012, he didn’t think twice about registering to become a bone marrow donor. A frequent blood donor, it just seemed natural to sign up alongside the other camp counselors.

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Learning through doing

Garrett Herrmann, a sophomore in aerospace engineering, works with the Advanced Aero Vehicle Group in the Student Design Center. Photo by Sam O'Keefe.

Garrett Herrmann, a sophomore in aerospace engineering, works with the Advanced Aero Vehicle Group in the Student Design Center. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Learning to ride a bicycle involves hands-on practice. It cannot be taught in any other way. One has to remove the training wheels, take a few falls and simply learn by doing. It’s all about experiential learning.

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Miners Up ‘til Dawn

Mireille Paquette (left), Jake Zorn and Brett Payne are organizing a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Photo by Sam O'Keefe.

Mireille Paquette (left), Jacob Zorn and Brett Payne organized a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Missouri S&T students’ year-long fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital culminated with Up ‘til Dawn, an all-night event for students that took place on Friday, April 26. In its third year, the student-organized event has raised more than $55,000 for the hospital to-date. This year’s goal was $30,000.

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Making history

Bryce Foster is a senior in business and management systems from Florissant, Mo. Photo by Sam O'Keefe.

Bryce Foster is a senior in business and management systems from Florissant, Mo. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Missouri S&T forward Bryce Foster, a senior in business and management systems from Florissant, Mo., played in more basketball games than any other Miner in school history. He also excels in the classroom. His academic excellence and court leadership earned him the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year Award for 2013-2014 in Division II.

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Superior time manager

Senior Ashley Koesterer is preparing to graduate this spring with two degrees. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Senior Ashley Koesterer will graduate this spring with two degrees in three years. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Not every student could handle taking 18 credit hours, serving as student body president, playing intramural sports and being involved in Greek life. But Ashley Koesterer, a senior in business and management systems and economics with a minor in information science and technology, has no trouble doing all of this and then some.

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Taking the challenge

From left: Jihee Belinda Choi, Adam McMikle, Shelby McNeil and Sarah Jones are heading in four different directions for  this year's Miner Challenge. Photos by Sam O'Keefe.

From left: Jihee Belinda Choi, Adam McMikle, Shelby McNeil and Sarah Jones are heading in four different directions for this year’s Miner Challenge alternative spring break program. Photos by Sam O’Keefe.

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Building a case for business

Sophomore Connor Wolk with his engraved iPhone case that sports his fraternity letters. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Sophomore Connor Wolk with the iPhone case that he created. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Connor Wolk’s favorite TV show is “Shark Tank,” a reality program that gives would-be entrepreneurs a shot at pitching their business ideas to a panel of billionaires — the “sharks” who could turn dreams into deals.

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A ‘down-to-earth’ scholar

Krista Rybacki is a graduate student in geochemistry and environmental geology  from Nashville, Ill. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Krista Rybacki is a graduate student in geochemistry and environmental geology from Nashville, Ill. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Krista Rybacki was an exceptional student in high school and continued the tradition with a 4.0 GPA in her undergraduate years as a geology and geophysics major. Now, as a graduate student in geochemistry and environmental geology and a Chancellor’s Fellow, she is conducting research on soil contamination near a lead recycling smelter for her master’s thesis.

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